16.02.2017 | 01.04.2017
The aesthetics of local garbage
For Dutch designer Rikkert Paauw, the ground materials for building design simply lay in the streets. One of his favorite occupations consists of creating design on location, made out of thrown away materials he finds on the spot.
By transforming the city’s waste into installations within that same city, Rikkert keeps the circle of his circular design very short and builds a story that goes far beyond sustainability or reuse.
Local litter isn’t the only darling of this designer. Modular design is another one. Make that: modularity pushed to the extreme. For a project in Sydney he’d thought up Verbindingstuk, a metal linker to fasten a horizontal beam to a vertical one. That simple object allows people from all over the world to build anything with the (thrown away) woods locally available. Design doesn’t get more modular than this.
In the dark and chaotic basement of Gromov’s Datcha we found a batch of plastic crates. They make perfect chairs already, just as they are. But we decided to saw the handles off and finish them with rounded wooden seatings for a more elegant and frivolous look, referring to the Russian ‘Datcha Style’.
In the streets and in the basement of Gromov’s Datcha we mainly found old furniture and chipboard, not the kind of material we prefer to work with. But we found plenty of different colors and types of it, often of a high quality. By sawing the chipboard into standard sizes, the quality of the material became visible again. We designed panels that can be used to make tables, cases, walls, or exposition plinths. We made this bookcase for a special private Soviet book collection, donated to the theatre group that is now working in the dacha. During a one-weekend workshop we had great assistance of a few local designers, woodworkers and students.
On our first two days we went around the house and the neighborhood for some building materials and met some very kind and straight forward people. A girl named Nadezhda volunteered to show some courtyards that were likely be good places to find discarded furniture. She likes to photograph Sovjet furniture to be reminded of her childhood. Andrey, the director of the local theater group picked up the materials we found with his sturdy Lada and the Gymnasium donated some cabinets.
We landed in St. Petersburg (Russia) and started a new project on the invitation of Creative Association of Curators TOK. Until Monday the 21th, we are working on furniture for the new users of Gromov’s Datcha, an abandonded summer residence filled with history. The temporary new users – a local theater group called Sintez and TOK - are planning to make the place accessible for nearby residents by organizing events. We are exited to be a part of the emergence of this development.
We are pleased that FOUNDation is invited by the Sydney based organisation Make Space for Architecture to work with them for the Sydney Architecture Festival from 1-10 november, supported by The City of Sydney.
Follow our adventures on the project website streetcamp.org and on facebook.
Our last video of the Straatlokaal project where al the houses came together and functioned a week as a new meeting place, with music food and the stories of the neigbourhoods visualized at the houses by videomapping.
Music by Eefje de Visser (remixed and produced by jacob van de water)